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What does Dawn mean?

Dawn Pronunciation of Dawn as a girls' name is pronounced dornn. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dawn is "the first appearance of light, daybreak". Modern use of the word for a name. The Latin term Aurora dates back about 1500 years, but Dawn first appeared in the late 1920s. Opera singer Dawn Upshaw; comedienne Dawn French; basketball player Dawn Staley.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, light, modern, dawn, opera


VARIANTS Adawna, Dawna, Dawne, Dawnelle, Dawnetta, Dawnette, Dawnielle, Dawnika, Dawnita, Dawnyelle, Dawnysia, Dowan, Duwan, Dwan




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How popular is Dawn?

Dawn is a very popular first name for women (#105 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#19079 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Dawn reached its highest position of #26 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #1960 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dawn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dawn outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Aurora (#44 LAST YEAR), Dawna and Dawne are the popular related forms of Dawn (#1960). Usage of these forms of Dawn was at its highest during the years 1960-1969 (AVERAGE #653) and has become significantly reduced since (#1501, 55.6%), with forms such as Dawn falling out of fashion. Aurora has been the overall favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dawn, Aurora, Dawna, Dawne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aurora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dawn is pronounced similarly to Dagne, Dane, Danne, Dayann, Dayne, Deane, Deann, Deanne, Deeann, Dene, Deon, Dian, Diane, Diann, Dianne, Dion, Dione, Duane, Dwayne, Dyan, Dyane, Dyann and Dyanne. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Da-, Dabny (see Dabney), Dace, Dacy, Dada, Dael, Daena, Dafna, Dafne, Dagna, Dagny, Dahl, Dahna, Dai, Dail, Daina, Dale, Daly, Dama, Dana, Dani, Danna, Danni, Danny, Dany, Daph, Dara, Darb, Dari, Daron, Daryn, Davy, Day, Daya, Dayna and Fawn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dawn.

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